We Sang You Home is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby boy into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family print resources. Flett uses collage-like images of a couple sitting on a blanket during the night. A moon can be seen along with two white rabbits peeking at each other from across the page. The woman is playing guitar and the simple text on the opposite page proclaiming that they sang for an infant to join them.
Road Allowance Kitten is a children’s bilingual (Michif/English) picture book published in 2015 by Gabriel Dumont Institute. Written by Wilfred Burton and illustrated by Christina Johns, with Michif translation by Norman Fleury this primary title is based on a true account about the Métis who lived along the road allowance in the western provinces. One common theme about Métis families living along the roads is their precarious homes. Often governments move the Métis to northern locations for their communities. This meant families were moved at a moment's notice.
My Little Brother, Level 8 is a book that uses a repeating sentence structure to help children follow the humorous family story, and will help children understand the concept of changing family roles. This 20-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Big Sister is learning what it’s like when Little Brother isn’t so little anymore! The repeating sentence, my brother isn't much of a baby anymore, is followed by a variety of activities that demonstrate he is no longer a baby and the love between the two is now expressed.
Helping My Grandfather, Level 6 is an illustrated book that introduces beginning readers to the verb to help. Set in the Arctic out on the land, this reader shows a young boy helping his grandfather with daily chores inside and outside the tent. This 8-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 6 titles have 8 to 12 pages of text with one to two sentences per page. The fun, full-colour comic-like illustrations by Luke Coleman assist the beginning reader with decoding the simple text.
Viivi's New Kamiks, Level 9 is a leveled reader that uses a sequential story to introduce children to kamiks, a traditional boot Inuit have worn for hundreds of years. An explanatory note helps children understand what kamiks look like and why they are worn. All nine-year-old Viivi wants for her birthday is a pair of kamiks. These special books take a long time to make and also each person must take good care of their pair. Viivi sets out to prove to her parents that she is a responsible person who can now care for her boots.
American Indian Families is part of The True Book Series published by Children's Press especially for elementary students in grades three to five. This information book is arranged into brief chapters about the nature of Native American families and how different nations' families were organized. The author and publisher have tackled a complex topic by explaining the different kinds of family groups among various Native American Nations that elementary students can appreciate Indigenous cultures.
Loving Me is a board book from Star Bright Books featuring contemporary Native American families. Whether it is a loving kiss from mother, a hug from father, a playful romp with an older brother, or reading with grandfather, babies and toddlers will discover the importance of family relationships through these heart-warming photographs. This appealing board book features Iroquois, Bannock/Shoshone, Lakota, Navajo, and Potawatomi multi-generational family members. This board book has 12 pages and is ideal for 12-months to three year old viewers.